Quote Of The Day
“To tell the truth, the first time that I was interviewed and asked ‘what do you call this?’ I used my engineering analytical side and I referred to it as a ‘back lay-up.’ It was not interesting, and the journalist didn’t even write it down. I noted this. The next time that I was interviewed, that’s when I said ‘well, at home in my town in Medford, Oregon, they call it the Fosbury Flop’ – and everyone wrote it down.”
“I was the first person to call it that, but it came from a caption on a photo that said ‘Fosbury flops over bar.’ The context in Oregon was that our town was on a river, very popular for fishing, an hour from the Pacific Ocean. And when you land a fish on the bank, it’s flopping. That’s the action, and so it’s a good description by a journalist, and I remembered it.”
– 1968 Olympic high jump champion Dick Fosbury talking about how he coined the term for his revolutionary new technique that changed the high jump forever.
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